2017-09-01 19:13:34 UTC
Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, who died on Friday at 15:35 BST, had cancer.
He had been seriously ill in hospital since his health took a
"defining turn" in August.
He became the 10th Archbishop of Westminster in March 2000 and
therefore the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and
Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor retired from the role in 2009 and was the
first archbishop to do so.
Born on 24 August 1932 in Reading, Berkshire, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor
was one of six children. Two of his brothers became priests while
another played rugby for Ireland.
He was ordained priest in Rome in October 1956 and was made Cardinal
in 2001 by Pope John Paul II.
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